OM carbide, Lens stalls / Ligue 1 (J18)

Find all the results of this Wednesday evening’s matches, counting for the 18th day of Ligue 1.

The leaders of the French championship were out, in the second part of the evening, this Wednesday, to continue their duel at high altitude. Behind Paris Saint-Germain, who tamed bottom-runner Angers at the Parc des Princes (2-0), Racing Club de Lens had every intention of confirming their convincing victory against the defending champion (3-1). The Sang et Or had to avoid the trap set by a Strasbourg team on the edge of the abyss.

Lens hanging in Strasbourg

The first act attested that this Alsatian formation was not going to present itself as a victim. After the opening of the rapid score of Claude-Maurice (0-1, 11th), Strasbourg reversed the situation in two stages, three movements. Three minutes, more precisely, Prcic (1-1, 13th) then Gameiro (2-1, 16th) finding the net in quick succession. Still, the Sang et Or have resources, as Openda showed by equalizing with a powerful header from a cross from Sotoca before halftime (2-2, 33rd). Less prolific, the second period was just as sustained in terms of pace, but the score did not change despite superb opportunities from one end of the field to the other.

OM ensure Troyes

On the third step of the podium, Olympique de Marseille also had a card to play. Igor Tudor’s team advances hidden, in the footsteps of the Lensois. Traveling to Troyes, she confirmed her excellent form at the start of the year, winning a precious victory (2-0). OM were able to make the match easy by forcing the lock on the premises very quickly, Mbemba taking advantage of a good combination from a corner to put his team on the right track (0-1, 10th). An advantage well managed by the Marseillais, very serious in their use of the ball, and quickly sheltered after the goal of the break signed Veretout as soon as the locker room returned (0-2, 46th). It should be noted that Tudor was able to count on winter reinforcement Ruslan Malinovskyi, who entered the game at the Stade de l’Aube after the hour mark. The Ukrainian international is beginning his acclimatization to Ligue 1.

Jostled by Lorient, Monaco does not give up

Still at the top of the table, Lorient and Monaco found themselves for an interesting poster between two teams renowned for their offensive ambitions. Fifth, the Monegasques had the opportunity to widen their gap with their opponent of the evening in case of success, while the Merlus could come back in front of ASM. Open and pleasant, this balance of power was undecided for a while. Everything settled in the second half after the opener signed Embolo (0-1, 61st). Lorient turned the situation around in two minutes through Ouattara (1-1, 75′) then Moffi (2-1, 77′), but Ben Yedder snatched the equalizer in stoppage time (2-2, 90’+3). A point that allows ASM to stay ahead of Lorient.

Nice rolls out against Montpellier

Finally, the Mediterranean duel between Nice and Montpellier has largely turned to the advantage of the Gym. The Riviera club treated themselves to a health walk to give themselves some air in the middle of the table against an opponent who had become a direct competitor over the months. A match played in a very particular context since the OGCN separated this week from its coach Lucien Favre, while striker Gaëtan Laborde, holder, returned to his former club.

But it was other vital forces in the team that tipped the game in the first half, Pépé (1-0, 15th) then Thuram (2-0, 34th) finding the net. The second act was one-sided. Pépé went there with his double (3-0, 56th), like Barkley (81st, 83rd), but it was the former pailladin Andy Delort who treated his return by also scoring (75th). The reduction in the Savanier score was anecdotal (80th). Nice goes back to the bottom of the top 10. Montpellier is bogged down in 14th place.